Richard Lunt

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Richard R. Lunt
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Delaware (B.S. 2004), Princeton University (Ph.D. 2010)
Known forInvisible solar cells
AwardsOvshinsky Sustainable Energy Award (2015), Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Environmental Chemistry Mentor Award (2015), DuPont Young Professor Award (2013), NSF CAREER Award (2013)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical engineering, materials science, physics
ThesisThe Growth, Characterization, and Application of Highly Ordered Small Molecule Semiconducting Thin Films (2010)
Doctoral advisorStephen R. Forrest

Richard Royal Lunt is a chemical engineer, materials scientist, physicist, and the Johansen Crosby Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan, in the United States.[1] He is most well known for the development of invisible solar cells.

Early life and education[edit]

Lunt was born outside of Philadelphia in 1982. At age 10 he moved to Lexington, Massachusetts. He then attended the University of Delaware, where he received his Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 2004. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2010 and performed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 2011. He moved to MSU in 2011 after starting to build his laboratory in 2010. He is married to Dr. Sophia Lunt, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MSU.


Lunt's research lab is focused on developing organic and quantum dot electronics. He is known for developing a key method to measure exciton diffusion lengths[2] and for pioneering the first invisible solar cells,[3][4][5] invisible solar concentrators,[6][7][8] and phosphorescent nanocluster light emitting diodes.[9] Lunt is a cofounder of Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is focused on commercializing clear solar cells.[10][11]


Lunt’s work has been recognized by a number of awards, including: the NSF CAREER Award in 2013; the DuPont Young Professor Award in 2013; the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Environmental Chemistry Mentor Award in 2015;[12] and the 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Award from the American Physical Society. In 2016, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[13] Lunt has also been recognized for his devotion and skill in teaching.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Richard Lunt". College of Engineering, Michigan State University. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Lunt, Richard R.; Giebink, Noel C.; Belak, Anna A.; Benzinger, Jay B.; Forrest, Stephen R. (2009). "Exciton diffusion lengths of organic semiconductor thin films measured by spectrally resolved photoluminescence quenching". Journal of Applied Physics. 105 (5): 053711. doi:10.1063/1.3079797.
  3. ^ Lunt, Richard R.; Bulovic, Vladimir (2011). "Transparent, near-infrared organic photovoltaic solar cells for window and energy-scavenging applications". Applied Physics Letters. 98 (11): 113305. doi:10.1063/1.3567516.
  4. ^ Lunt, Richard R. (2012). "Theoretical limits for visibly transparent photovoltaics". Applied Physics Letters. 101 (4): 043902. doi:10.1063/1.4738896.
  5. ^ Traverse, Christopher J.; Pandey, Richa; Barr, Miles C.; Lunt, Richard R. (2017). "Emergence of highly transparent photovoltaics for distributed applications". Nature Energy. 2: 849–860.
  6. ^ Zhao, Yimu; Lunt, Richard R. (2013). "Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Large-Area Solar Windows Enabled by Massive Stokes-Shift Nanocluster Phosphors". Advanced Energy Materials. 3 (9): 1143–1148. doi:10.1002/aenm.201300173.
  7. ^ Zhao, Yimu; Meek, Garrett A.; Levine, Benjamin G.; Lunt, Richard R. (2014). "Near-Infrared Harvesting Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrators". Advanced Optical Materials. 2 (7): 606–611. doi:10.1002/adom.201400103.
  8. ^ "See-through solar technology represents 'wave of the future'". MSU News. October 23, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Kuttipillai, Padmanaban S.; Zhao, Yimu; Traverse, Christopher J.; Staples, Richard J.; Levine, Benjamin G.; Lunt, Richard R. (2015). "Phosphorescent Nanocluster Light-Emitting Diodes". Advanced Materials. 28 (2): 320–326. doi:10.1002/adma.201504548. PMID 26568044.
  10. ^ "Ubiquitous Energy, Inc". Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry" (PDF). Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Richard Lunt | Innovators Under 35". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "Richard Lunt was awarded the 2016 MSU Teacher-Scholar Award". College of Engineering, Michigan State University. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Richard Lunt receives 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award". College of Engineering, Michigan State University. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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